How to Become a Notary Public in Iowa

As a notary public in the State of Iowa, you have unlimited financial liability on every document you notarize. You do not want to take the office of Notary Public lightly. The Iowa Online Notary Course is the fastest, easiest and most affordable way for you to learn what to do and how to protect yourself as a notary. Whether you are a new or current notary public, you should spend some time learning the laws.


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How to Become a Notary Public in Iowa
Step by Step Instructions

How to Become a Notary Public in Iowa

  1. Complete the Online Iowa Notary Training Course 
  2. Complete an application for appointment as a notary public on a form prescribed by the secretary of state.
  3. Remit the sum of thirty dollars to the secretary of state. However, persons appointed as notaries public under section 9E.3, subsection 2, are   not subject to the fee imposed by this subsection. (Government employee notaries)
  4. When the secretary of state determines that the requirements of this section are satisfied, the secretary shall execute and deliver a certificate of commission to the person appointed.


Commission Term: 3 years (Resident), 1 year (Non-resident)
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or employee from bordering state
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Recommended
Application Fee: $30
Eligibility: No felony convictions
Other: Be able to read and write English

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